WILLIAM (WILLIE) HENRY SPENCER 11/5/1947-5/20/2014 William (Willie) Henry Spencer, born November 5, 1947 to Thomas Baxter and Willie Henryetta Spencer. From his birth among three other siblings; Rena, Theresa and Anne, Willie was always known as one of those exceptional people who stood out in a crowd. Early on, he was distinguished because he was usually slightly taller than others who were around him. In his teen years, he discovered his voice and profound ability to write poetry and do complex art work such as oil paintings. In his early twenties in the military, he stood out because he had made a shift in his mind into absolute seriousness about serving his country in the US Army. After this, on a G.I. Bill, he stood out as an African American earning a multiple subject teacher's credential at Wayne State University in Michigan. After restarting his Margangis Art Studio on a small scale by producing original art pieces, which he silk-screened on t-shirts, he soon discovered the love of his life in Clarice Murray (Spencer) of Apple Valley, California whom he married at Victory in Jesus Bible Faith Center in May 2000 under the leadership of Pastor Willard and Denotra Johnson. As a couple, Willie and Clarice found long-term church membership at Friendly Temple Church of God in Christ with Pastor Roger and Dr. Marie Thomas where they were ordained and Willie served as an usher. Not being ones who only served in the church, Willie and Clarice were actively raising five foster children from youth to adulthood which led to their eventually opening the Joshua Foster Family Agency that brought them into unexpected governmental and social influence. Willie often had to defend children in court and advocate on their behalf in the school system. Wonderful Beauty Supply on Seventh Street in Victorville was another business that he and his wife founded and a senior citizen housing center was in the works. He had also worked his way out of a job at Hesperia Unified School District because their own personal business opportunities had become so numerous-they even had to turn away some clients. At the time of his graduation into glory with all of the children now grown and adults, he and Clarice were looking forward to their 14th wedding anniversary on May 20, 2014. Willie leaves to survive, his wife Clarice and his sons Elvin Brown, William Jr, and Anthony; and his daughter Satia Spencer, his brother Eugene Simmons, and host of nieces and nephews, brother and sister-in-laws, grand- children Anthony and Mikeal Spencer; and Elvin Brown.
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Published in the Daily Press on June 5, 2014